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>> good afternoon, supervisors. i live at 100 van nuys. i worked with him on ways to improve civic centre and in 2006 , he authorized the creation of a civic centre c.b.d. it took four years to get it to the point of being authorized by the board of supervisors because it was tricky. we had all these public parcels and it had to be shaped up and we didn't really know what the area needed exactly. so eight years from the inception and now we are back before you saying we better understand it. we need more money and we are also going to be taking the responsibility for you and pablo , which has been virtually neglected for the last eight or ten years, and so i think we are at a really good place. i would also like to suggest that, which has not been mentioned, that civic centre is the most significant civic
centre of any in the united states. it is the largest collection of monumental municipal buildings of any city. it is a national treasure and we need a strong organization to help tell that story and get people to come because for the last 50 or 70 years, the area has been misunderstood, it has been neglected, and it has been ignored. the c.b.d. is one of the biggest steps along with a number of others in the last ten years to try to overcome that but more needs to be done. if case -- in case you haven't seen it, i have written it all up in a book that i have put out recently and i hope that you all have gotten a copy and read it closely because the last chapter underscores a lot of the things that happened to mess things up. so i will leave some of my flyers here to encourage you to get the book. [laughter]. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon.
my name is susan and i represent the san francisco conservatory of music. we are enthusiastic supporters of the c.b.d. we have 400 and more students coming and going at the building on 50 oh, every day. on saturdays we have as many as 350 children between the ages of four and 18 coming with their parents to learn about music, and they come through that area, too, as well as the fact that we have about 600 concerts a year free to the public. so we have people coming and going all the time and we couldn't imagine doing it without the services of the c.b.d. we are very strongly in support. thank you. >> next speaker. >> thank you. my name is lisa and they represent the san francisco opera. we are thrilled to be here in support of the civic centre community benefit district. we welcome hundreds of thousands of patrons from all over the world, all over the country and here in san francisco and in the bay area to the beautiful war memorial performing arts center
in the work that the community district has done to clean our streets provide ambassadors for patients walking to and from areas around the civic centre and it has been crucial to our retention of patrons, and we support this and appreciate your consideration. thank you. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am george, the new manager of permits and reservations for recreation and park, formerly the executive director of san francisco pride, also here to enthusiastically encourage you to renew the civic centre c.b.d. i can say from experience, producing events in this space, knowing it is a well-funded, a well perceived and they well resourced venue, it is of the utmost importance when you're literally bringing millions of people to the heart of the city so i encourage you to renew it. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon.
my name is justin. i have been a resident in this district since 2012 and i have seen it transform. we need to continue this program because it is actually working to make our streets a lot safer, cleaner, you know, there's not a lot of needles out there anymore , they are offering a public service. they have been doing a great job and we need to keep this going. >> supervisors, i am a public-policy leader at square. square is headquartered at 1455 market street within the c.b.d. boundaries. we have about 2,000 people in that headquarters. i also represent square on the advisory board of civic centre commons initiative, partnering with the c.b.d. we partner with them on friday markets to get local merchants participating and activating spaces like the plaza. we have sent many employees to events like block parties. these activations are having important impacts to -- revitalize the community. square is proud to work with the c.b.d. on this.
i'm also a neighbor of civic centre. i live in the tenderloin and have seen every day in my walk to work to civic centre the drastic improvements that the c.b.d. has helped to make in the neighborhood. i'm here to support the renewal and expansion of the c.b.d. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i'm here representing emerald fund. i am their chief building engineer for 100 venice, 150 van ness and the civic. i'm here seeking your support and showing my support for the civic centre c.b.d. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is tonya and i am the property manager at 10150 van ness. i fully support the renewal of the c.b.d. and i do believe that the services they do provide are vital. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hello. my name is art. i am the owner of one united nations plaza.
it is a little art deco building , but it is the top of the escalator from the civic centre by main station. that is where tours from the airport come up and see san francisco for the first time. i was born in the city. i practised law in that little building for the last 25 years. this is the best i have ever seen it. it has a ways to go in terms of the policing. the neighborhood policing in the neighborhood has has recently been stopped at night. the tenants in the café had to close early because they don't feel safe at night. whatever you can do to get 24/7 policing of that neighborhood will help to supplement what this and if it district can otherwise do. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i would like to start by asking you all how you got here today. did you take munimobile? did you get off at bart?
did you walk on hyde street? did you park underground of the civic centre garage? any wait you got here, you are directly benefiting from the c.b.d.'s efforts in our public spaces. they provide essential services that the city does not, specifically outside of this building where you all work. without their efforts, we would walk through human waste or animal waste, syringes, garbage, other hazardous materials, and the ambassadors help others in the neighborhood feel safe and welcome. that is a direct c.b.d. program. my name is kate and in a managed the visitor experience with the san francisco symphony across the street and we adamantly support the c.b.d. i would like to especially lift up the c.b.d.'s evening ambassador assistance and garage creators which positively affect our patients who come to concerts on nights and weekends when the area isn't filled with workers such as yourselves. there is much more work to be done to keep the area
consistently clean and safe for employees, residents and visitors and i would like to register support and thank the board of supervisors for hearing this public comment. thanks. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is samara, i am representing lynn lease. it is a property owned -- he is a property owner in the district i am here to register our support for the c.b.d. we are great supporters of the c.b.d. we greatly value the work that the c.b.d. has done to make this area safer, cleaner, and more vibrant, and we are particularly supportive of what the c.b.d. is doing to program civic centre plaza with events that help all of us to enjoy this beautiful place. the civic centre plaza, which some may call a national treasure. we look forward to partnering with the c.b.d. going forward to make this whole area more welcoming for the whole community. thank you.
>> good afternoon, my name is david. i am representing hastings cold of law. we strongly support the civic centre community benefit district. i think their effectiveness is demonstrated by the success they have had to date and with the renewal, we are very hopeful that they, along with the other community stakeholders that are committed to improving this immediate area will continue to see progress as the neighborhood continues to evolve and become all the more embrace of, inclusive, and welcoming for all folks. thank you very much. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is joanne desmond and i am an assistant business agent, the theatrical stage hand's union. on behalf of our members, we are pleased that the city and sh and have come to an agreement with
respect to the community than if it's district and to compromise on the financial burden of safety and security around the orpheum theatre and surrounding areas. as indicated, the community benefits district will help coordinate ten officers with sh in. it looks to assist in this effort as best as we can. special thanks to supervisor peskin, safai, and haney, as well as their staff, and the staff at the office of economic development for helping to facilitate this agreement. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am the vice president of production for sh in theaters. we represent the golden gate theatre and the tenderloin c.b.d., as well as the orpheum theatre in the proposed civic centre c.b.d. we are pleased of come to an agreement with the civic centre c.b.t. to compromise on the
financial burden of safety and security around the theatre and surrounding areas. we look forward to working with the c.b.d. executive committee and tracy, starting in january, to fulfil the letter of intent and to assist us in coordinating ten beat officers during a time that we have security concerns at a projected 200 hours a year. we look forward to sitting down with them before january to discuss their commitments and our needs. as just mentioned by joanne, we have special thanks for supervisors peskin, safai, and haney, as well as their staff, and the staff at oewd for helping to facilitate the agreement between the c.b.d. and us. thank you. >> thank you. next. [please stand by]
>> that is that the c.b.d., through its board and committee meetings, offers a forum where the different property owners, the different property and business owners and tenants and so on, but the big groups here, there's a lot of government property owners -- government owned properties, a lot of performing arts groups, a lot of private businesses and private properties. those groups kind of operate in their own world, for the most part, and this entity here offers a way for those groups to communicate with each other and work together for the common good of sales and of the city. it is -- a very strongly recommend that you support it. thank you. >> next speaker.
>> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is lynn. i am from the san francisco travel association and i'm here to support the renewal of the civic centre c.b.d. the c.b.d. provide services for our visitors and our residents. some of the key services are sidewalk power washing, hazardous material cleanup such as syringes, graffiti removal, neighborhood activations, events , public art, concerts, community ambassadors, safe, informed, and inspired. all of these things make people feel more welcome on the streets of san francisco. for that reason, we support the renewal. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> could afternoon board of supervisors. my name is barry and i am an nonprofit and service support analyst and i depend on analyst in this area. i have been living in this area for almost 14 years and i know that the support of those animals on the people that cater
to the city center, this may be very beneficial for them and i thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> thank you, again. tom, i am glad we are cleaning up the area. the u.n. was given birth at civic centre, the u.n. plaza. i think we've got some of the local big shots that are in the room here. it would be nice to have a little statuary for mrs. eleanor roosevelt. if you want to know a little bit more, refresh your memory about the women, go to ken burns, i believe it was roosevelt's episode. it was his last. thank you. >> next speaker.
>> good afternoon, supervisors. my office is in the civic centre c.b.d. and i have been on the board there since the inception. we utilize the services of the c.b.d. and probably call two or three times a day. we strongly support the renewal and the expansion. thank you for your time. >> next speaker. >> i just have a word with matt and i asked if one of these kinds of programs in the tenderloin. he says that there already is one. if there is, you are doing a terrible job and i want to put strong urgency on it. as far as these upper income bracket people expanding, they need to expand to the tenderloin where strong drug abuse, discharging of both animal waste and human waste is all over the
place. that's why you have the poop squad to detail. they get paid $194,000 a year plus benefits and you still can't keep the area clean. it is disgusting, but yet all of these organizations and these testimonies from people that are predominately white within the city, they are taking money out of their income to keep their areas cleaner than they already are. that's a fraction of the areas where you live if it was just half as clean as the tenderloin is, and with the amount of money that is being wasted, we would be all right. i will tell you the source, the reason why. it is like this. s.f. viewer, please. the viewer is out of check. anyway, can you stop my team for a moment please while i get this together?
around-the-clock, 24 hours a day it is like this, and even more so. this is life. this is one of the reasons why because you discriminate against those people who are in low income back -- brackets. you have a brand-new 300 unit apartment building complex, section 410 that he told you about, it is part of your own rules and regulations and says 15% dispose spee for low and very low income bracket people, the people that are homeless. out of this 300 unit apartment building complex, 45 of though units -- those units is supposed to be for people in low income. you have it where low income is 39,000 -- >> thank you. thank you. [indiscernible] >> any other -- thank you. [indiscernible]
>> thank you, mr. right. next speaker. any other speakers in support? seeing none, now i would like to welcome any speakers who are in opposition of the assessment. come on up. you have two minutes. >> good afternoon. nothing like feeling outnumbered , but i am paul alec, the priest of these pissed vocal church at the advent on fell street -- at the episcopal church. not necessarily speaking against the idea, i love the concept of it, i wish we would have known and been part of the process. its neck up on us. i think we got swept in the expansion of it and our organization does not have the resources that the city government has or the opera, or anyone that spoke today, and it sounds funny in san francisco, but $1,000 here or there, and
ours would go up about $3,000, is a lot of money for us. we live on the edge financially. we don't produce income, we live by donations. i just wanted to name that reality. i don't know if other nonprofits got swept up in it without realizing it. we found out about two months ago by accident before the mailing came that it was even happening. having said all that, and identifying those unintended consequences, the area around us certainly needs to be cleaned up thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hello. i'm at 234 linden. this is my ballot. this is what it is worth. as a condo owner. i am paying, you know, a dollar a month and after right hotline to, it is only a dollar a month. after 15 years, that is about $30,000, okay. for the average homeowner, fs --
ff -- s.f. jazz -- this is nothing to them. my calculations are right and know what he has gotten back to me on this so i had to go clicking through the thing to find how much they are paying. the ultrarich here, they are paying some around $200 a day. twitter and uber, and their free cafeterias, they are throwing away that much sushi every day. for me, this is real money. in 15 years, what is the $30,000 going to be? cancer treatment? for me, it is a lot. for the average homeowner, who are paying what i am paying, this is a lot of money. nobody cares. people are regularly laughing. it is not fair. look at all the people who are speaking in favor. neither single one of them is super rich or they benefit financially. they are getting money back from the c.b.d. this is amazing because there are fewer homeless people and drug addicts you can't even see the -- say their home -- whole name. they are on linden now. there is a guy every morning,
you know, he has a pile of his own feces on one side, syringes on the other, and he is completely comatose. we are calling 311 all the time. you could completely have the camera going and say here is linden street. it is completely sad. why am i paying, you know, the bulk of the bird and when this is nothing for all the rich people? one hundred van ness, come on. this is nothing for them. it is totally unfair how the poor have no say. think about who owns this election. it is the ultrarich. the properties over $75 million, they completely owned the vote because it is weighted by property value. my property value is almost nothing, as are the other condos in the area so we have no voice. s.f. jazz's vota 75 of mine. uber has over 200 of my vote. how come i -- [indiscernible]. >> thank you. thank you. next speaker.
next speaker. i'm sorry. >> oh,. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is donna. i live at 720 gough street. i just wanted to say a couple of things. one, we have worked with supervisor brown and her office and we want to thank them for the work they did with us. we could not afford to stay in the c.b.d. we recognize that it has done some great stuff in the civic centre area.
we do appreciate what you all have done. the other comment i want to add to what the minister said is that if there's something that can be improved in the process of bringing folks into the renewal things that have to happen, and if it could be done earlier, it would be a great thing. but thank you. >> thank you. any other speakers? seeing no other speakers, public comment is closed. colleagues, do we have any other comments? seeing no other speakers and no comments, then i want to say that this hearing has been heard and is now filed. supervisor peskin? >> so i just want to reiterate comments that i have previously
made with regard to the enabling ordinance that creates community benefit districts, which is that these are little many governments with parts of the city that agreed to assess themselves. and as to the impassioned speaker who just came before us, yes, it is absolutely true, they are variously weighted and they are not one person, one vote. these are actually created in a way under state law and local law where certain voters, based on square footage or linear footage, have a weighted vote. that is a true fact, but as i was describing to my colleague, supervisor ronen, the reason that the board of supervisors i think, in 2003 passed an ordinance that allows this board
to not approve a c.b.d., even if the voters in that c.b.d. vote for it, that allows us to disband a c.b.d. if it is dysfunctional, if it is gentrifying an area, if it is discriminating against individuals, if it is dysfunctional, the reason that we did that is because we understood that these are little many governments that ultimately are under the elected government of the city and county of san francisco, so to the priest and others that came here, if this c.b.d., and in the case, as i said in committee and supervisor haney is well aware of this, the civic centre c.b.d. is actually a san francisco government c.b.d. because the number 1 payer into that c.b.d. is this government. a majority of those properties belong to the people of the city and county of san francisco. this board authorizes -- authorized by resolution that we
empower the mayor to vote in the affirmative for this c.b.d. if it cease is to work, if it discriminates against people, if it is a failure, come to this board of supervisors, come to supervisor haney, to this supervisor, and god forbid that it ever gets that bad, but we have the power to disband it. i just want to say that again for the record. >> okay. thank you. any other colleagues want to speak? seeing none, the hearing has been heard and is now filed. we will now adjourn from the committee of the whole and reconvene as the board of supervisors. the department of elections will call the ballots cast and we will return with the final tabulation later in the meeting and come back to item number 53.
okay. let's go back to our regular agenda for now. madame clerk, i believe your own item number 42. >> forty-two. forty-two is a charter amendment to amend the municipal chartier of the city to change the name of the aging and adult services commission to the disability and aging services commission to establish qualifications for three of the commission seats, change the name of the department of aging and adult services to the department of disability and aging services and to change the name of the aging and adult services community living fund to their disability and aging services community living fund at an election to be held on november 5th, 2019. this is the first appearance of this proposed charter amendment. it therefore should be continued until july 23rd. >> okay. thank you. i want to thank my colleagues
for your support the far furthest charter amendment that is needed in order to update the name and commission of one of our departments, which helps more than one in four san franciscans. today we need to support as they grow older. this charter amendment will accomplish the following. it will change the official name of the aging and adult services commission to the disability and aging services commission. it will change the official name of the department of aging and adult services to the department of disability and aging services it will add qualifications to three of the commission's seats so that one commissioner will be a person who is 60 years or older. one will be a person with disabilities, and the last would be a person who has served in the u.s. military. thank you to my colleagues for
your support and i look forward to a shift of passage of the amendment which will be heading to the november ballot with your support today. colleagues, can we have a motion to continue this item to the meeting on tuesday, july 23rd? motion made by supervisor mandelman, seconded by supervisor walton. without objection, this item is continued to tweak, tuesday, july 23rd, 2019. madame clerk, please call the next item. >> forty-three is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to establish the senior operating subsidies program fund to be used to lower rent in housing develop its occupied by low income senior citizens. >> i'm very excited to bring forward. i know some of you hurt her at
committee, but this legislation before you is the result of many conversations we have had throughout the year about how we are going to deal with the affordable housing crisis that is impacting seniors. i want to first thank my cosponsors, supervisors peskin, ronen, mar, and fewer. by 2030, 26% of the population will be seniors. we will need to increase our level of attention and thoughtful investment to ensure that older adults can aging in place and with dignity. seniors 60 years and older make up 24%, almost one quarter of all persons in the city who are under the poverty line. the housing crisis is difficult for seniors in a difficult way. they are facing challenges that the aging population is facing. i want to acknowledge that this hits people at various income
levels, even middle income households. many seniors are living in situations that no longer suits them and are unable to move because they simply cannot afford a market rate unit. in terms of the reality is that aging adults will need some level of assistance and there are some -- there are very few options out there. as a city, we will need to develop solutions to address a range of issues. today, the focus is on affordable senior housing that the city helps to subsidize. i'm proud that the housing bond will have $150 million dedicated to the senior housing projects. that is first. however, the peace we were not able to address in the bond is that when we build affordable senior housing, units are still not affordable to many on fixed incomes. many seniors are surviving off of fixed income like social security or s.s.i. yet the affordable -- the most
affordable housing units are priced at 50% of a.m.i. for one person, that income is roughly $41,000. seniors make up three times less than that on their fixed incomes this situation is really untenable as more of our residents are retiring and relying on fixed incomes themselves. so the legislation before you today establishes what we call the s.o.s., senior operating subsidies program fund. in this year's budget, we are ceding this fund with a 5 million-dollar investment over the next five years. this program will lower the cost of a unit to meet seniors where they are at, instead of 50% a.m.i. units, units will be set at 15% and 25% of a.m.i. so that seniors on fixed incomes can actually qualify. our hope is that this program
can be used to start bringing down the affordability in senior housing projects that are currently under construction or in the housing pipeline. i hope that this will also inspire a more thoughtful strategy on how we can support our aging population before it is too late. i want to thank the seniors and advocates who have come out time and time again, courageously sharing their stories and struggles. some of the groups i would like to thank our the housing bond senior working group, the dignity fund coalition, senior and disability action, faith in action, and self-help for the old elderly. i also want to acknowledge the team of the department of aging and adult services and the mayor 's office of housing for their collaboration. in our commitment to continue pushing the envelope on this issue, and hopefully get to a place where seniors will never have to question whether they will be able to find a safe,
affordable and accessible place to live. with this, colleagues, i can hope i can -- i hope i can count on your support. supervisor safai? >> thank you. i just wanted to thank you for your hard work on this. please add me as a cosponsor and i just want to reiterate, is one of the districts that has the highest number of those aging in place, and many of whom have families move on and they are in houses that are too large for them to manage and control, this is such an important piece of legislation to allow for those that want to agent continue to live in san francisco, that they would do so with dignity. i appreciate your leadership on this and i am proud to be a cosponsor. >> thank you for cosponsoring. supervisor peskin? >> thank you. this is the first time we have ever done this and i just really want to salute your leadership.
it is going to have a profound impact on many of our constituents. thank you. >> thank you. supervisor brown? >> thank you. i would like to be added as a cosponsor. thank you very much. seniors are our fastest growing population. and so this is thinking ahead and working upstream. i really appreciate that. thank you. >> thank you. supervisor haney? >> i just want to thank you and commend you for your leadership on addressing not just the needs of this population, but really elevating asked towards having long-term solutions. i would also love to be added as a cosponsor. >> thank you. supervisor ronen? >> agreed. this is essential legislation. i'm so grateful to you and looking forward to figuring out how we can get to 30% of anyone 's income for affordable housing in the city. >> thank you. supervisor stefani? >> thank you. i wanted to add my name is a cosponsor and thank you for your leadership on this. i am definitely looking forward
to finding more room for senior housing industry two. i commend you on your leadership thank you very much. >> thank you. supervisor walton? >> thank you. i want to echo the comments made by my colleagues. as a member of the rules committee, we were excited to go over this as policy and i would love to be added as a cosponsor, as well. >> thank you. supervisor mandelman? >> thank you. please add me as a cosponsor. >> thank you. i really appreciate you cosponsoring. colleagues, you know, before i do that, i always forget my staff who works on these really important legislations. in this case, it is my staff, general low, she was tireless in terms of getting this together and actually moving very quickly on this piece of legislation with all the advocates.
so colleagues, can we take this item same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madame clerk, please call the following items together. item 44, 45, and item 54, the committee report, out of order. >> item 44 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code to modify the san francisco city college financial assistance fund from which the city provides funding to the san francisco community college district to modify the membership of the free city college oversight committee that makes recommendations regarding the uses of those funds. item 45 is the motion to withdraw the charter amendment previously ordered some it'd by the board of supervisors for the election to be held on november 5th, 2019 to establish the free city college fund to defray certain costs of city college students and to require annual appropriations in designated amounts to the fund, and item 54
was considered by the government audit and oversight committee at a regular meeting on thursday, july 11th between -- 2019, and was recommended as amended with a new title. item 54 is also right -- authorization to authorize the department of children, youth and their families to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the san francisco community college district for the city to provide financial support to the free city college program, retroactive to july 1st, 2019 through june 30th, 2029 subject to the budgetary and fiscal provisions of the charter >> supervisor mandelman? >> thank you. supervisor mar is out sick as you noted earlier and not able to be here today, but he has asked me to read a statement on his behalf. colleagues, as you know, free city has been a huge success story. it is broken down barriers to higher education for diverse san francisco residents, rebuilt enrolment in the college following the accreditation crisis and served as an
important model for similar efforts statewide and nationally for tuition and debt free higher education. free city was started as a pilot program in 2016 through the vision of supervisor kim and the free city coalition, and in an initial two-year funding allocation by mayor lee from proposition w., the 2016 real estate transfer tax. the initial funding allocation for their free city pilot program and did in june with an extension covering the summer of 2019 semester. additionally, due to the overwhelming success of the program, the cost of exceeded the original funding allocation by $2 million per year and the cost that city college has had to absorb. as i joined the board in january , i have been working with gordon mar -- i have been working with the free city college coalition, mayor breed and other city college leaders including the chancellor and trustees on a plan to ensure full funding for free city over the next decade while also strengthening the program design
and financial oversight reflecting learning from the pilot project phase. despite some differences of perspective and priorities, i have been appreciative of all the parties share commitments to the important program and to ensuring it is sustained for the next decade and beyond. after a very robust and complicated negotiation process involving multiple stakeholders, i'm pleased to say we've come to an agreement on a comprehensive framework and plan for the future of free city. besides fully funding them for the next decade, the plan includes a number of significant improvements in the terms of the free city charter amendment that the board voted last december to put on the november 2019 ballot. notably, the new agreement would start full file -- full funding this fall, a year earlier for the charter amendment. this represents an additional eight my $6 million this coming year. this agreement includes a reimbursement of five my $4 million to city college to cover the underfunding over the first two years. the key terms of the agreement on the future free city are outlined in a tentative agreement between the city and city college that was negotiated
by the mayor's mayor's office and the chancellor his office and was approved bike trustees on june 27th. will serve as a basis for an m.o.u. to be negotiated by city college administration in the coming weeks. as our clerk explained, in order to move this agreement forward, there are three items to take action on. forty-four is the ordinance modifying the city college financial assistance fund to align with the terms of the tentative agreement. forty-five is the motion of the free city charter amendment. i want to thank the mayor's office in the city college and ministration and trustees for the free city college for working with us in these complicated negotiations and i wholeheartedly support the three item package before us today. >> thank you. supervisor safai?
>> if supervisor mart were here, i was start by saying congratulations and thank you for your leadership. thank you for the members of labor for working so diligently at the table and work in good faith to come to agreement. i know in this body we have put forward the idea of making it a charter amendment and the negotiations continue. they could have ended, they could have walked away, but instead, the leadership and community members have agreed to embrace this process and working in good faith. so i just want to say i appreciate that and i appreciate all the hard work that was put into that. as i find out, and they kind of knew by my gut, as is a district that represents the most number of people that take advantage of free city college, this is an increasingly important benefit to working families, and not only the families that are going there to take part in, but also the educators and what they mean
by institutional knowledge and what they give back to the city. please add me as a cosponsor to this. thank you to everyone for all your hard work. i think this just shows that when there are larger issues, rather than them being divisive, we have the ability to come to the table and workout agreements to the benefit of everyone. thank you for all your hard work and i am proud to be a supporter of this. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> colleagues, can we take these items same house, same call? without objection, the ordinances passed on first reading. the motion is approved, and the resolution is adopted unanimously. madame clark, i think it is time to go to roll call, i believe, or am i missing something? let's go to roll call.
>> okay. mr. president, we have the results back from the downtown community benefit district. >> okay. let's do that first. >> regarding the downtown community benefit district. the returned weighted ballots voting for the downtown community district was 70% and the return waited ballot voted against the downtown community benefit district was 29%. further indicating there was no majority protest. >> okay. there is no majority protest. colleagues, without objections, can we take a vote on item 51, the resolution to establish the downtown community benefit -- sorry, supervisor peskin? >> thank you. good things come to people who wait for a dozen years. congratulations. albeit they beat be to you by 14 points. [laughter]
>> as i was saying, there is no majority protest. colleagues, without objection, can we take a vote on item 51? the resolution to establish the downtown community benefits? madame clerk, please call the role. [roll call] >> i'm sorry, i forgot to take my name off. >> on item 51... [roll call] we are taking the roll call vote [roll call] there are ten imacs. >> okay. the resolution passes unanimously.
[applause] >> okay. i think we can go to item 53. did we get the tabulation? >> we are not ready for item 53 yet. >> no problem. let's go to roll call then. [roll call] >> supervisor brown, you were first up to introduce new business. >> thank you. today i am asking for the board to adjourn in memoriam of amber laurier got who was a long time a beloved member in the coal valley community in district five. amber was a fixture in the neighborhood who was always there with a helping hand extended to her neighbors. she was the most warmhearted person and would help anyone who needed it. when talking with her cold valley hardware customers where she worked for several years, she would not only tell you how to fix the problem, that you
came in to deal with, but she would also than offer to babysit your kids or walk your dogs when needed. she has a huge -- she had a huge give for knowing when a person needed a hug or somebody needed to talk. amber is survived by her mother, three sisters and 14 nieces and nephews. valley is a little sadder today with the loss of one of the most vibrant and caring members of its community. thank you. the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor brown. supervisor fewer? >> thank you very much. today i'm requesting the city attorney begin drafting trailing legislation for the affordable homes for educators and family now initiative to amend the three-bedroom unit mix requirement for educator housing projects in order to accommodate the francis scott key educate a housing project and ensure it will be eligible for s.b. 35 streamlined approval as soon as this initiative is passed by the voters. i would like to thank supervisor mar and my cosponsor for working
with me on this amendment to ensure that this wonderful educated housing project, which has been planned and designed in partnership with united educators of san francisco, to serve the needs of our educators it will be approved and built as quickly as possible. thank you and the rest i submit. >> thank you. supervisor haney? thank you. today, supervisor ronen and i, along with our cosponsors, we will be introducing substitute legislation moving mental health s.f. and our funding measure on the march 2020 ballot instead of the originally scheduled november 2019 ballot. since announcing mental health s.f. in may, we have had dozens and dozens of meetings with community advocates, service
providers, behavioral health and substance abuse experts, police, and frontline emergency providers and families affected by serious mental health conditions. all who agreed that an overhaul is desperately needed. now we are excited to continue that work partnering with the department of public health and the mayor to put forward a program that the entire city can be proud of. the feedback we have received from mental health consumers and providers alike is clear. we need systemic uniform reform to the way we treatment to health and substance abuse in san francisco and the best way to achieve success is through a collaborative, thorough process with everyone involved. we are committed to meeting weekly with the department of public health, the mayor's office and mental health experts and we are confident that san franciscans will overwhelmingly support this effort when it becomes before them on the ballot in march. mental health s.f. will be a sweeping, transformational systems change that will finally address our mental health and substance crisis. it is critical we take the time to get it right.
the rest i submit. >> thank you. supervisor ronen? >> thank you. i just wanted to add to supervisor haney comments that were extremely -- we are extremely excited about mental health s.f. and believe that it is the right way and vision, a bold one, to overhaul a broken system here in san francisco, but it is a big loss that is attempting to address one of the most entrenched and difficult issues that we are facing here in san francisco. we believe that a four months delay, moving it from the november to march ballot in order to have time to hear about d.p.h.'s implementation concerns can only ultimately benefit the city and county of san francisco
that we have a strong law, but we can make it even stronger if the department that is responsible for implementing it has the time to give us their detailed feedback that we can debate with them about and potentially amend the legislation. i do think it is amazing and i want to echo supervisor haney been thinking so much to the supervisors for their support of this measure. i think the fact that nine out of 11 supervisors promote and support the vision that we have put forward is pretty extraordinary with a law that has the potential to create such profound change. i just really want to thank you all for your competence and for spending the time that you have two study this major, major change, and for your vote of
confidence here. thank you so much for that. unfortunately, i also have an in memoriam that i would like to ask supervisor haney and walton to join onto for a young man named devon hanh who was a brilliant 15-year-old whose life was tragically and senselessly cut short on sunday, july 7th, on 24th and cab street in the mission district. he was a victim of terrifying gun violence. he was only 15 years old. although the loss of him is heartbreaking, i wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on all of the joy that he brought into this world. by all accounts, his smile could light up any room. his teachers and friends remember him for his kindness and his incredible generosity.
he attended bessie carmichael middle school where his charm and his charisma, even at a very , very young age were noticed by everyone. his teachers, his peers, his councilors his councilors at the crossroads,. he would have attended abraham lincoln high school in the fall. he was an active participant in the youth empowerment, nonprofit united players where he made an indelible impression is not only a respectful teenager with a giant smile, but was known for his comedic talents. he could always make people laugh and feel better. he strived to improve his community and our city. together with his two brothers, he handed out hundreds of flyers at a youth -- as a youth outreach worker and volunteered at his monthly cleanup events, and eagerly participated whenever help was needed. he was a rising star who was on
the path to achieving great things. his potential was phenomenal and his tragic death is an anonymous loss, not only to his loving family and countless friends, but to the entire san francisco community. when i attended on friday, together with supervisor haney, a circle to heal and remember his life, and i held his mother 's hand as tears streamed down her face. when she looked at me and said, i lost my uncle to gun violence when i was a child and was put in foster care, i then lost my father, and now i lost my 15 -year-old son who did nothing. he did nothing wrong. why was he taken from me? that is the moment, as an elected official, that you just
feel both helpless and also, as if you don't want to work on anything else in the entire world and stopping this senseless gun violence that we failed her filled her and refilled her son. if you looked around the enormous community that was there to mourn and celebrate him and you just saw the tears that were flowing down the faces of all of these young, black men who know that they, too, could die too young, because we know that it happens every day. it was getting. and so i just want to recommit and say we have to do better by these young people. we cannot let this happen over and over every month in our city it is just so deeply wrong. i am certainly going to remember
his mother's face in my head every single day as the fight to make things better. thank you. >> thank you. >> supervisor walton? >> thank you. thank you, supervisor ronen for doing the in memoriam in honor of his memory. one of the things that is very hard when you serve in our role is we are used to having issues and concerns come up and we sit together, we work hard to come up with ways and strategies to address all of the problems that we have in this city, and one of the things that has always been very difficult, and the one thing i don't understand and don't always have the answer for is how to address all aspects of violence. there is nothing worse than going to a scene where there was a homicide and talking to
>> -- and pain and trauma around him and was trying to do something about it, was a leader among his peers, many of whom were at the memorial and who are devastated, and he had incredible potential. i think what his family told us and what his friends told us was that he was already a peacemaker and that they want us as a city to continue his work and continue his legacy. and the most tragic thing about this sort of violence is that we know that it's preventible, and that our city has a responsibility to make sure don't have to be afraid to walk